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Considerations for the Therapist's cultural self-assessment

Age and generational influences
Develomental Disabiltiy
Disability acquired later in life
Ethnic and racial identity
Socioeconomic status
Sexual orientation
Indigenous heritage
National origin
Nonverbal communication
Self disclosure may occur in nonverbal as well as verbal interactions. Examples include: hand shaking, sitting posture, facial expressions, eye contact, physical distance and silence.
Culturally Sensitve Assessment
The traditional rapid-fire questioning of intake/family histories can be experienced by some cultures as hostile. Suggests allowing the elder to talk, then following up if needed.

Assessments must be done with consideration of language acquisition. Interpreters can be employed when no other options are available. Must be instructed to translate precisely and not augment or detract. Issues of culture arise when items seen as shameful or embarassing are address, and some interpreters are want to censor students.
Test bias
Use the most culturally sensitve measures to assess students, checking the population statistics in the norming (found in most manuals).

Consider cultural sensitivity in scoring. If a child has never seen a bike, they can't answer questions about them, test limits.
Mental status evaluation
Consider cultural beliefs in their statements/story telling. Beliefs in the mystical/supernatural vary by culture, and should not be seen immediately as a mental health concern.